This recipe was shared with us by The Kitchn's Sheela Prakash as part of our All-Star Summer Cookout episode. It's bubbly, enjoyable tart (thanks to the shrub and lemon/lime), and can easily be made into a cocktail by adding the spirit of your choice. We're thinking gin or vodka would work well here. Fruit shrubs are commercially available in stores and online; see below for Sheela's recommendations. You can also make your own shrub using this recipe from The Kitchn.

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  • 1 ounce shrub

  • 4 ounces club soda

  • Lemon or lime wedge, for serving (optional)


Pour shrub over ice in a highball or Collins glass. Top with club soda and garnish with lemon or lime wedge, if using.

Shrub recommendations: There are small, artisanal brands all over the country making their own unique shrubs in a wide array of flavors. Girl Meets Dirt, Mother Shrub, Old North Shrub, and Som are just a few to try. Your local farmers market can also be a good resource.